Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 13
- Grade: 4 to 9
- Reading age: 9 to 11
Who do you think you are? Part of identity is how people experience their gender. Transphobia is intolerance of any part of the range of gender identity. This accessible, illustrated book offers information, quizzes, comics and true-to-life scenarios to help kids better understand gender identity and determine what they can do to identify and counter transphobia in their schools, homes and communities. Considered from the viewpoint of gender challengers, gender enforcers and witnesses, transphobic behavior is identified, examined and put into a context that kids can use to understand and accept themselves and others for whatever gender they are — even if that's no gender at all!
About the author
J WALLACE SKELTON is an educator, activist and writer. For over a decade, he has worked in schools to make them safer and more celebratory places for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. As a consultant, he has helped many organizations do better around gender identity and gender expression, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the Halton District School Board, York Region Public Health and York University.
- Short-listed, Red Maple Non-Fiction Award Nominee
- Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
"For such a 'short' book, this is packed with a lot of advice and, dare I say it, should be something on school curriculum if for no other reason than to spread understanding."
"Transphobia: Deal with it is a timely guide that should be in every library, and also makes a great starting point in the classroom for discussions on gender"
"This book deserves lots of positive feedback... I felt like it explained a topic that confuses many adults in a manner accessible to youth. And I can't say enough positive things about how inclusive the art was. It stood out to me that it portrayed kids with disabilities in a fashion that their disability wasn't a statement."
"This is a great resource for educators in any English-speaking setting... The content is excellent, and is likely to inspire some positive discussion amongst young people who are not LGBTQIA and haven't had cause to consider how their behaviour/language impacts on others. It's also affirming for LGBTQIA students and offers some excellent guidance for everyone on how to deal with their own and other people's passive and aggressive non-binary/transphobia. As someone with 18 years' experience as a teacher/lecturer, I am happy to recommend this book, in particular as an educational resource for teachers, youth group leaders and parents."
"The book's content is incredibly (and sadly) relevant, and I think that — Transphobia: Deal With It is a necessary book for school libraries, classroom collections, and home use."
CM: Candian Review of Materials